About 5 or 6 years ago G&H had a run of decoys that the paint would slide off after a single use, leaving huge black marks of bare decoy exposed, to me that is a paint issue. Does that mean I think all G&H suck, no, I know they are solid decoys and I have seen some that are 15+ years old and still going strong, they just aren't my cup of tea. Paint being chipped or scratched after several seasons of use is normal wear and tear. Paint issues are in the eye of the beholder IMO as well, I personally don't feel that decoys need to look pristine in order to kill birds. If you guys have decoys that have completely shed their paint you need to do one of two things, call up avery CS and let them know, they will want you to either, send in pictures of the decoys, or send in the decoys. Second if that does not work, take them back to the place you bought them from. I am not denying that their may have been an issue in the past, or that some of you guys might have gotten a bad run, but that does not mean that all the decoys suck and you are going to loose paint on all of them. If you have a decoy right out of the box that has a significant amount of paint loss, take it back. I personally feel guys get to caught up on whether or not the decoy is pleasing to their eye, not what is pleasing to the birds. Bigfoot (the original not the b2 they suck) and G&H make very durable decoys that can take a beating, I have owned pretty much about all of them, however IMO they look like decoys. This is like the ford or chevy debate, everyone has their preference, and I truly don't care what guys like or why, I know what I like, and what works best for me and I have never had a single paint issue with any of my GHG decoys. With the new run of ducks i.e. the pro grades, I have truly not heard anything about a paint issue, and like I said earlier I talk to hundreds of guys a year at shows about these things.